Dustin Lynch Celebrates Songwriters On Fourth No. 1 “Seein’ Red”

Pictured front (L-R): “Seein’ Red” co-writers Jason Sever, Kurt Allison; Dustin Lynch; Jon Loba; “Seein’ Red” co-writer Tully Kennedy; producer Mickey Jack Cones; “Seein’ Red” co-writer Steve Bogard. Back: BBR Label Group/ BMG staff. Photo: Steve Lowry

For “Seein’ Red,” his fourth No. 1 song as an artist on Broken Bow Records, Dustin Lynch received a blessing from Jason Aldean band members, and label staff who are ready to kick him to the next level.

“[Dustin] is a superstar,” said “Seein’ Red” songwriter and Aldean guitarist since 1999, Kurt Allison. “I don’t know if you’ve seen him live, but this guy is on the cusp of doing stadiums and arenas himself.”

“If you haven’t seen Dustin on the road, I would seriously suggest it,” said another co-writer and Aldean bassist since 1998, Tully Kennedy. “He blew us away. His band is unreal.”

To celebrate the No. 1 success, a three-PRO gathering was held on May 30 at Nashville’s Lower Broadway bar, The Stage.

“[The Stage] is where it all began for me,” said Lynch. “In college when I turned 21 I came down here…and got to meet Dierks Bentley for the first time. I learned the art of entertaining. It’s a pain in the butt to get parked, but it means the world to my band and crew, to bring it home [in a way] and celebrate where it all began for us.”

The gathering honored three of the writer’s first No. 1 and one writer’s 10th No. 1.

BMI’s Bradley Collins welcomed attendees to the celebration on behalf of their sponsor Pinnacle Bank, which was represented by Cooper Samuels. Collins remarked on Kennedy and honored him with his No. 1 guitar in honor of his first. BMI also represents Lynch, whose “Small Town Boy” is already top 25.

ASCAP’s Mike Sistad offered remarks on behalf of Allison, who also is a co-writer on Aldean’s latest single and album title track, “They Don’t Know.” Allison also co-produced records for Thompson Square and Parmalee as part of NV.

“Juli [Newton Griffith] could have dropped me a number of times on the option,” said a grateful Allison while thanking his team. “She didn’t, and I thank you…Thank you to my wife Kelly for putting up with me. When we’re gone a lot and when we’re home, we write.”

Sistad continued to offer remarks on Sever, who signed his publishing deal in 2009 with John McBride and his wife Martina’s Little Champion Music. Further, Sistad honored producer Mickey Jack Cones on his 8th No. 1 title.

Will Overton of Warner/Chappell honored Sever and offered “Seein’ Red” playing cards for everyone. McBride also commented about he and his wife’s belief in Sever.

“Mom and dad, thank you for letting me dream,” said Sever to his parents in the audience. “Anybody out here that’s a writer, keep believing in it. Fifteen years it took me to get this hit, and it was worth every single year.”

SESAC’s Shannan Hatch commented on the PRO’s recent signing, and fourth songwriter on “Seein’ Red,” Steve Bogard, on behalf of Franklin Synergy Bank. Bogard, also a songwriter advocate on Capitol Hill, has had a No. 1 hit in each decade for the past four decades with four Grammy nominations to his name.

“More than anything, this is about people who believe in you,” remarked Bogard of the symbiotic nature of the music industry. “We trust our lives to people who believe in us. We survive because people believe in us—[like with] the promotion team at BBR, Jon Loba, or Bart Herbison and Jennifer at NSAI, and my wife. We moved here 35 years ago…Nashville believes in me, and I believe in Nashville.”

Dustin Lynch with select “Seein’ Red” co-writers and BBR Music Group staff. Photo: Steve Lowry

Other than Sever, Magic Mustang’s Juli Newton Griffith represented all the songwriters on the stage, offering plaques to all. Exec. VP of BBR Music Group, Jon Loba noted the record kept it “all in the family.” Both executives welcomed a slew of top promo staff to the stage to recognize their efforts. Kos Weaver, “the man who started the conversation in BMG and Broken Bow,” was additionally welcomed by Loba to represent his label’s new partnership.

“I want to say a huge thank you to my brother Dustin Lynch,” concluded Loba. “Probably the greatest gift he gives me—outside of the music, his work eithic and dedication to artistry—is trust. It seemed like 90 percent of the town wanted Dustin to release a different song for the first single. It was intense and they lobbied him for months. Like he did many times before, I don’t know if he believed it, but he trusted us. I can’t tell you how much that means to us—it makes us want to lay down in the road for you.”

A charismatic Cones took the mic too, jokingly confessing all his royalties have been spent on celebratory tequila shots over the years. Cones continued the tradition by buying a round of shots for the whole gathering, minus the newest addition to his family of course. “I have the best, most important No. 1 of my life here, and he’s 11 weeks old tomorrow,” said a teary-eyed Cones in thanking his family. “Jackson Daniel Cones is my first No. 1…

“Last but not least, [thank you, Dustin]. I’ve worked with a lot of artists, and you are the most talented, focused, hard-working, driven, foreseeing artists I’ve ever worked with. That’s what makes me want to stay in the studio working 20 hours a night,7 days a week. I’ve worked with some artists who don’t support their own careers like that. They could learn from you.”

“Before I forget—Pete, Neil, Steve, JT—my management team at L3, I’ve forgotten to thank you probably the last three times I’ve been up here,” Lynch began his remarks. “Just so you know Jason [Sever] is a part of the next record in a big way. He is killin’ it. On top of ‘Seein’ Red,’ he’s got some more songs that are just as good or better in my opinion, so I’m excited about that. Tully and Kurt, thank you for showing me how to rock out on stage and put on a live show. These two, Rich as well changed the game of live county music shows. I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter like this dude. ‘Bogie’ was my first introduction to country music. Early on, I think my vision was what he was telling me my vision was. It’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of your tenth. To, Mickey, we’re on fire. The fire’s still burning, and we’re cooking in the studio and it’s burning hot.”

Lynch will fill those expectations on the road this year. He’ll turn up the heat on tour this summer with Brad Paisley before headline his own outing this fall. Not to mention, his clothing brand Stay Country is available online while that full length, third studio album is expected soon.

Also at the No. 1 party were Brandi Simms from CMA and CRB’s Holly Lane to honor the creative forces behind “Seein’ Red.”

BMI Announces Board Of Directors

Michael J. Fiorile, Chairman and CEO of the Dispatch Printing Company & Chairman and CEO of Dispatch Broadcast Group, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders held today in New York City. Fiorile was most recently Vice Chair of the BMI Board. He succeeds Paul Karpowicz, President, Meredith Local Media Group, who was elected Presiding Director at the meeting.

Fiorile joined the BMI Board in 2010. He also serves as a member of the following Boards: CBS Television Affiliates Board (Past Chair), the Television Bureau of Advertising (Past Chair), National Association of Broadcasters, Television Operators Caucus and the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

The following Board members were re-elected: Dave Lougee, President, TEGNA Media; Mike O’Neill, President & CEO, BMI; and Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW Network. In addition, Jack Sander, former Chairman of the BMI Board of Directors and retired Vice Chairman, Belo Corporation, will continue his tenure for another two years as Honorary Director.

Continuing in their terms on the Board of Directors are: Greg Ashlock, President, West Division, iHeartMedia Markets Group; Susan Davenport Austin, former Chairman, BMI Board of Directors; Vice Chairman, Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation and Senior Managing Director, Brock Capital Group LLC; Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.; Amador Bustos, President & CEO, Bustos Media Holdings, LLC; Rebecca Campbell, President, ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime; Craig Dubow, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Gannett Company, Inc.; Bill Hoffman, Consultant, Cox Media Group; Catherine Hughes, Founder & Chairperson, Radio One, Inc.; Philip Jones, former Chairman, BMI Board of Directors and past President, Meredith Corporation Broadcast Group; Jerry Kersting, former President, Tribune Broadcasting and past EVP/CFO, Clear Channel Radio; Ginny Morris, Vice President, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. and Chair & CEO, Hubbard Radio, LLC; Steven Newberry, President & CEO, Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation; and Neil Smith, President, GNS Media, LLC.

T.J. Martell Foundation Announces Board Members

The T.J. Martell Foundation has appointed 17 new members to its board of directors, as well as two additional members as part of the foundation’s executive committee.

Among the new national Board of Directors members are Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta, Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito, and Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen. Borchetta and Esposito will both serve on the executive committee.

The T.J. Martell Foundation is a leading organization for cancer, leukemia and AIDS research, with longstanding ties to the music industry.

In March, the foundation named Greenburg Traurig’s Joel A. Katz as chairman of the board, succeeding founder Tony Martell, who died in November 2016.

The Board of Directors have voted to award nearly $1.3M in grants to outstanding scientists in seven prominent hospitals in five states. Katz said, “Donors from all over the United States come together to support the brightest scientists with the most innovative ideas from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Columbia University Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.”

New National Board of Directors:

Craig Balsam, Co-Founder, and CEO of Razor & Tie
Larry Beckwith, Chairman of Iconic Entertainment Group
Scott Borchetta, Founder of Big Machine Label Group
Michael Cohl, CEO of S2BN Entertainment
John Esposito, Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Nashville
Steve Gawley, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs of Universal Music Group
Steve Greenberg, Founder & President of S-Curve Records
Julie Gurovitsch, Talent Executive, Music for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”
Stanley Lim, Partner at Gelfand Rennert & Feldman, LLP
Ruby Marchand, Vice President of Repertoire Development at Warner Music Group
Charles B. Ortner, Partner, Entertainment Industry at Proskauer Rose LLP
Jason Owen, President and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment
Don Perry, Business Consultant for Greenberg Traurig
Darren Stupak, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Sales for Sony Music Entertainment
Russell Wallach, President of Media & Sponsorship at Live Nation
Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclay’s Sports and Entertainment
Chaka Zulu, Co-Founder of Disturbing Tha Peace Records

The Executive Committee:

John Amato, Co-President of the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Media Group
Scott Borchetta, Founder of Big Machine Label Group
Tom Corson, COO of RCA Records
John Esposito, Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Nashville
Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing
Monte Lipman, Founder and CEO of Republic Records
Julie Swidler, EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment
Marcus Peterzell, Partner, EVP Entertainment, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment (President)
Rick Krim, Co-President, Sony/ATV U.S. Music Publishing (Vice-President)
Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks (Vice-President)
Charlie Feldman, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations (Secretary)
David Satler, Chief Operating Officer, Barclays Wealth Management & Investment Management, Americas (Treasurer)

CMA Awards Voting Season Kicks Off

Voting season is beginning for the upcoming 51st Annual CMA Awards, and CMA members can now submit applications online for the 2017 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality, Station, and National Broadcast Personality of the Year at broadcast.CMAawards.com. CMA Broadcast Awards are presented for Personality and Station of the Year in four categories that are determined by market size (major, large, medium, and small), as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year.

The site will continue to accept submissions until Friday, June 30 at 6 p.m. CT. All entries must reflect performances and events between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. CMA’s panel of judges, which includes radio and industry professionals, will be able to view and evaluate each entry online.

“The outstanding country radio stations and personalities we spotlight in the CMA Broadcast Awards are dedicated advocates rallying fans in support of our genre,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

The eligibility period for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” is July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. All voting for the CMA Awards will be conducted online. The first ballot and instructions will be emailed Monday, July 10 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes Thursday, July 20 (6:00 PM/CT). The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Aug. 14. Voting for the second ballot closes Thursday, Aug. 24 (6:00 PM/CT). The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced later this summer. Winners of “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting, and the third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Oct. 2. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 24 (6:00 PM/CT).

Stanley Cup On Display At Johnny Cash Museum Tonight

Nashville Predators fans can stop by the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum entrance tonight (Wednesday, May 31) and grab a picture with the coveted National Hockey League Stanley Cup courtesy of NBC Sports. The Cup will be on display from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CST at 119 Third Avenue South in Nashville.

The Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum hours of operation are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. CST and admission is $18.95 each.

Chris Stapleton Postpones Tour Dates, Cancels CMA Music Festival Appearance

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton has announced that he has postponed the upcoming three weeks of tour dates on his The All-American Road Show, including shows in California, Mississippi, Alabama and more.

Additionally, his appearance during CMA Music Festival on Sunday, June 11 has been canceled for Nashville. A replacement for Stapleton’s CMA Music Festival slot has not yet been announced. Stapleton’s publicist had no additional details for the postponed and canceled appearances.

Fans are asked to hold on to their tickets to the postponed shows on The All-American Road Show for now. A list of postponed shows is below:

June 1 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
June 2 – Mt. View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 3 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
June 9 – Southaven, MS – Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 10 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 15 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

Industry Ink: Big Machine, Route 91 Festival

Big Machine Goes Platinum With Vodka

Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta have expanded the ever-growing Big Machine brand into the liquor business, launching Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka. The artisanal vodka is distilled in small batches at Tenn South Distillery in Lynnville, TN. During the initial launch period, Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka will be available exclusively in the Middle Tennessee region.

“Over the past 11 years Big Machine has provided the soundtrack to millions of fans worldwide,” said Borchetta. “With the launch of Big Machine Premium Vodka, we are now offering a superior product that perfectly complements the music we take such great pride in.”

Route 91 Announces Next From Nashville Stage Lineup

The Route 91 Harvest Powered By SiriusXM Festival has announced the lineup for its “Next From Nashville SiriusXM Highway Finds Stage.” Drew Baldridge, Kelleigh Bannen, Bailey Bryan, Luke Combs, Adam Craig, LANCO, Jackie Lee, Ashley McBryde, Walker McGuire, Muscadine Bloodline, Dylan Schneider, Dylan Scott, Smithfield, Sun, Morgan Wallen, Drake White and The Big Fire will all appear at the fourth annual festival, which takes place at the Las Vegas Village Sept. 29 – Oct. 1.

In Pictures: Charlie Daniels, Maggie Rose, LOCASH, Mallary Hope

Charlie Daniels’ The Journey Home Project Supports SHARE Military Initiative

Charlie Daniels‘ The Journey Home Project has teamed with The Shepherd’s Men Run to raise awareness and funds for the SHARE Military Initiative and Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate brain injury, along with co-occurring PTSD or other mental health concerns, from service in post-9/11 conflicts.

Pictured (L-R): Jason Green, David Corlew, Mercedez Longever, Travis Ellis, Charlie Daniels, Joe Longever


LOCASH, Maggie Rose Perform As Part Of BMI’s Summer Rooftop Series

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Mason Hunter, BMI songwriters and members of LOCASH Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, George Dickel’s Brian Downing and BMI’s Jody Williams pose together at the BMI Rooftop Series show.

BMI songwriters LOCASH and Maggie Rose provided the entertainment for BMI’s recent Rooftop Series show on May 23, the first in BMI’s Summer Rooftop Concert Series. LOCASH were also honored with a Million-Air Award, for one million radio spins of “You’re Gonna Fly,” a song they wrote which was recorded by Keith Urban.

BMI songwriter Maggie Rose plays songs off her brand new EP at the BMI Rooftop Series show.


Curb Records Christian’s Mallary Hope At The KLOVE Fan Awards

Mallary Hope recently walked the carpet for the 5th annual KLOVE Fan Awards on Sunday, May 28 at the Grand Ole Opry. Hope’s current single, “Now,” has amassed more than 200K streams and has been a featured Top Christian Track on Spotify.

The KLOVE Fan Awards: Ignite Hope will play in select theaters on June 13, 2017.

Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley To Honor Gregg Allman On CMT Music Awards

Responding to the request from artists who wanted to honor Gregg Allman‘s musical legacy, the CMT Music Awards have added a special tribute to Allman featuring Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley to the upcoming awards telecast on June 7. Additional participating artists will be announced soon.

“Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band helped create the bedrock foundation of modern southern music,” said CMT President Brian Philips. “Over the weekend of his death, CMT’s most important artists reached out to see how we might honor Gregg at our awards. This tribute will celebrate Gregg Allman’s soul, charisma and enduring artistry. ‘The Road Goes On Forever,’ indeed.”

CMT also revealed today that Kelsea Ballerini (who is tied for the most CMT Music Awards nominations) and Little Big Town have been added to the lineup of performers. They join a growing list including a first time TV performance by The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line, a Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood duet, a collaboration from Earth, Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum, and performances by Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.  Show presenters will be announced next week.


NASH Next Talent Search Kicks Off Today

The NASH Next 2017 national talent search competition kicks off today (May 31) in over 60 markets across the U.S. Now in its third year, the annual grassroots search for the next rising country star is led by Cumulus Media and offers one lucky winner a record deal with NASH Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group and exposure on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

Beginning today, local artists may enter the competition via the NASH Next website. Seventy-nine NASH/Cumulus stations in 62 markets will conduct local searches, with national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows. Local markets will host live events or select their finalist by judging the contestants in a video performance of an original song, and then local winners will move on to the national challenge, where they will submit a live performance video showcasing their best original song. The top ten artists will be selected by industry professionals, and those national finalists will then compete at a live concert event hosted in Nashville in early November, where the panel of celebrity judges will select the NASH Next 2017 winner.

The winner of the five month national competition will be announced by Garth Brooks. NASH Next’s 2016 winner, Todd O’Neill, released his debut single “Love Again” in April and broke the top 50 on the country charts in early May, with his single continuing to climb the charts.

Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals in their communities will first judge emerging artists in the competition, and finalists and the ultimate winner will be selected by a panel of judges including President/CEO Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta, Kix Brooks, and additional celebrity judges who will be announced at a later date.